In order to equip yourself with the ability to address the main inquiry question 'Living with tectonic hazards - risk or opportunity?', let's take a look at the guiding questions for each Gateway of the chapter and understand the sequence of the content in your Geography textbook:
Gateway 1: Why are some areas more prone to tectonic hazards?
This Gateway explores the distribution and movement of plate boundaries, which may in turn affect the distribution of tectonic landforms and hazards.This section is important to allow you to form the foundational understanding of plate tectonics to help you make sense of the distribution the different types of tectonic landforms around the world. In turn, you will then be able to make sense of the distribution of tectonic hazards around the world.
Gateway 2: What landforms and associated tectonic phenomena are found at plate boundaries?
This Gateway focuses on the characteristics of the tectonic landforms, as well as the impact that tectonic hazards can bring. This section allows you to have a deep understanding of the characteristics of tectonic landforms such as volcanoes, which allows you to justify the possible implications of living in areas prone to tectonic hazards. However, at this point, you are still unable to fully address the main inquiry question as these impacts are general and not location-specific.
Gateway 3: How do people prepare for and respond to earthquakes?
This Gateway looks at the different responses of countries to the occurrence of earthquakes, as well as measures put in place to prepare for future earthquakes. Through this, you can begin to analyse how countries of varying levels of development have different types of responses and measures put in place, as well as the limitations they face. With this, you can marry your understanding from Gateway 2 and 3 to justify and discuss your stand for the main inquiry question.